Promoter Revamping Former Velocity Center

We hear local promoter Tony Holden, who took over the former Velocity Sports Performance facility at 1900 N. Indianwood Ave. in Broken Arrow this summer, has spent $250,000 revamping the facility.
Negotiations over the facility finished in August and Holden, who operates the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., held a semi-grand opening in October under the new name “Versus.”
Holden took over from Scott Glanz, who operated the Velocity franchise several years.
Holden has not wasted time getting the facility back at full speed.
He’s added advanced training equipment, hired ex-professional athletes as trainers and is planning to bring in “vast” numbers of sports celebrities to run sports camps.
“We’ll have two camps a month,” he said.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White from the University of Oklahoma will be at the facility in December for a quarterback camp, Holden said.
Bill Springman has been brought on as director of baseball operations.
“We have taken the baseball center to another level,” Holden said.
Holden has the only ProBatter Pitching Simulator. The machine, used first by the New York Yankees, is the only one in the state.
“This is an advanced place to learn, yet not be intimidated,” Holden said. “I like the idea that people can bring their 10- and 11-year-old kids, who are just starting to play baseball, to a place where they can come and gain confidence.”
The facilities are useful for players who want a shot at the pros, too.
“It is useful for all skill levels,” he said.
He’s added video recording equipment to help trainers analyze young players’ progress.
He’s constructed a baseball backstop, a full, 22 x 35 FT baseball cage and an observation platform for parents to observe their children.
Versus has NBA-style goals at the basketball center. And, for the first time at the facility, Holden is launching basketball tournaments beginning this week.
The Web site, www.versustulsa.com, lists seven trainers, as well as daily speed and conditioning class schedules.
Holden is out to make good on any pre-paid training. Several families who paid for training a year in advance were shocked when the facility abruptly closed last summer.
Versus stresses speed, agility, strength and conditioning.



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